Now and Then… Then and Now

I just wrote the newest post for iloveragdoll.com (the other site I blog for) and I loved the article so much, I want to reprint it on my blog! I hope yall enjoy this little vintage/vintage-inspired exposé.

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Hello Dolls,

We hope this Wednesday is finding you well. Todays post is very exciting because we finally get to fully explain what “Vintage-Inspired” means to RagDoll and how it affects the merchandise we carry. First and foremost, RagDoll aims to carry cute, flattering, and stylish clothes that work for a contemporary gal with a love of retro flair. To do that, we purchase new styles that incorporate cuts or prints  that are reminiscent of the good ol’ days. Some of our lines, like Rock Steady and Trollied Dolly, look as though they came right out of a different decade, but others are much more subtle. One of our newest arrivals (that has been flying off our racks) is this adorable baby blue belted frock. The cut and style clearly have a vintage essence, and the daisy belt-buckle drives home the retro vibes.

This dress is a great example of “Vintage-Inspired,” but I wanted to show our readers and followers just how close it is to its predecessors. In our store alone, I found three vintage dresses that show the progression of this style that led to the birth of such an adorable dress in the year 2012.

As you can see in the photo above, the similarities are uncanny. The two vintage dresses featured in the photograph share both the lovely light blue hue, as well as the knee-length cut. The dress on the right with the elegant buttons is a shift dress from the 60′s. Unlike the modern frock, this dress does not synch at the waist, the skirt is not cut on the bias, and it sports a high neckline.

The dress above is likely from the late 50′s or early 60′s, as indicated by the high neckline, quality of fabric, and 3/4 length sleeves. Like the new baby blue dress, this one synchs at the waist and is adorned with lovely belt decor. Though it does not have a full skirt cut on the bias, the straight skirt has wide pleats, giving it more movement than the shift dress.

Finally, though this vintage dress does not have the exact baby blue color of the other three, it shares a great deal of things in common with the modern dress when it comes to cut, fit, and style. Both dresses feature a knee-length full skirt cut on the bias with tons of movement, as well as a scoop neckline, with a form fitting bust and waist, and one inch straps. Merely drop the neckline an inch, crop the skirt up 2″ and add a daisy belt and you have yourself the modern baby blue daisy dress. Incredible, right?!?

I could do this all day with every dress, blouse, and garment we have in the store. Like everything in this world, fashion is a product of its’  unique history, and those roots peek through to show us a glimpse of fashions past. Don’t even get me started on the new Neon trend, I’ll save my 80′s nostalgia speech for another post.  Hope y’all enjoyed our little journey down fashion history lane.

Bye Bye Baby, Baby Goodbye

RagDoll

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Get excited for the next post… which will likely be a DIY tie-dye cupcake tutorial!  

Yall Come Back Now, Ya Hear

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